Missing Harrington woman’s body found, family says

HARRINGTON – While no official identity was announced, clothes on a deceased person found in a ditch fit the description of a woman who went missing last week, Harrington Police said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Delaware State Police reported a death investigation had commenced after a farmer found a body at approximately 3 p.m. in the 8000 block of Vernon Road (Del. 14), spokeswoman Melissa Jaffe said.

Police said more information would be released when available.

A family member cited the death of Donna Miller on her Facebook page on Tuesday, which drew nearly 200 comments and condolences.

Police transferred the body to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Harrington police and fire company personnel had been joined by community members in the search for Ms. Miller, who was reported missing on Oct. 23 from a residence at 5 Dickerson St.

On Wednesday, police spokesman Capt. Earl K. Brode said the search had concluded but the investigation continued.

Ms. Miller had a condition similar to dementia, authorities said.

No positive identification has been made, Capt. Brode said.

Earlier, police and fire personnel were part of a search of the city and area that involved K-9s, aviation and search and rescue teams. Members of the public conducted their own private searches, Capt. Brode said.

“We fielded a lot of calls and when we received tips we followed up on them,” Capt. Brode said. “A lot of people came out to help.”

DSP asks anyone with information to contact Detective Grassi at 365-8441. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

In an earlier post on social media, Harrington PD asked if “the community could assist by continuing to check any out buildings, wooded areas and as hunting seasons approaches hunters please be on the lookout.”

Authorities also asked the public to stay clear of the K-9 and Search and Rescue Teams as they continued to look for Ms. Miller.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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